GARFOR MIND MAP

GARFOR - A Visual Weather Map

Welcome to the CAA’s newest online tool for helping you understand the weather on your flight – the GARFOR, or Graphical ARFOR.

This tool helps you to translate the coded forecasts into a picture.

From the ARFOR and forecast you enter:

  • the wind at altitude,
  • the surface winds,
  • your minimum safe heights,
  • the cloud base, tops and type,
  • any present weather, and
  • SIGMETs.

There are lots of symbols to represent weather and cloud, just select which one you want, where to put it, and move it around if you need to. The wind is depicted graphically so you can easily see its direction and speed.

The opening screen will ask you to fill in some basic details of your flight:

  • type of flight,
  • morning and evening civil twilight,
  • freezing level,
  • start and end time of your GARFOR,
  • number of sectors, and
  • number of locations.

On the next screen you will be asked to fill in some information for each of the locations you have chosen to include.

  • Location,
  • minimum flight height,
  • surface wind, and
  • visibility.

This brings you to the main GARFOR where you can populate the grid with cloud and precipitation symbols, fill in the winds at altitude and check the level of the cloud against your minimum flight height.

Once you have finished putting in all your data, you can lock the picture and take it with you on your mobile device or print it out.

Don’t forget to evaluate any differences you encounter during your flight to figure out why the actual conditions were different from the forecast.

GARFOR

Type of flight
Please select...
  • A - B
  • Local Area Flight
MCT (Dawn)
Please select...
ECT (Dusk)
Please select...
Freezing level
Please select...
GARFOR START TIME
Please select...
GARFOR END TIME
Please select...
Number of sectors
Please select...
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
SECTOR
Depart
Please select...
Arrive
Please select...
Location
Minimum flight height
ft
Surface wind (degrees/speed)
Visibility: 10KM
 
Direction
- / -
Magnetic

CLOUD FILL

BASE
Please select...
TOPS
Please select...
From
Please select...
TO
Please select...

Invercargill

Above mean sea level

TCu

Towering Cumulus

agl

above ground level

Cb

Cumulonimbus

Flight Information Service communications

ATS

Air Traffic Service

Royal New Zealand Air Force

in vicinity of aerodrome Thunderstorm

ATC

Air Traffic Control

VC

in vicinity of aerodrome

Probabilityxx%

TIL

Until

FM

From

Becoming

Temporarily

Routine air report from aircraft in flight

FIR

Flight Information Region

Internet Flight Information Service

VFR

Visual flight rules

Automatic Terminal Information Service

BWR

Basic weather report

New Zealand Flight Information Region

Aerodrome special routine meteorological report

Automatic aerodrome routine meteorological report

Aerodrome routine meteorological report

TAF

Aerodrome forecast

Area forecast

Significant meteorological information